Acer Stream review

The Stream is Acer's best smartphone ever. But is it even in the same league as rest?

TODO alt text

Acer has given the Stream a skin that sits on top of Android, and it's done a pretty good job.

When you switch the handset on there's a main screen that offers you access to further home screens by horizontal sweeping. This is actually the lock screen, but it has five discrete screens onto which you can put the standard array of Android widgets.

Acer stream

However, you can't tap and hold on any of these screens to add widgets as you do with, say, the HTC Desire.

To add widgets, you have to move into the main screen by pulling at a tab in the bottom left corner of the display.

Then you can either hold down the Home button or tap the apps button and run the Widgets app.

With either method, you can then scroll through the Home screens and put whatever widgets you like onto whichever screens you like.

It's very convoluted and, frankly, a little unintuitive.

Acer stream

The main screen that you get to when you lift that aforementioned tab has an array of eight shortcuts on it.

Acer stream

Stroke upwards to reveal the full apps list and you'll find these eight shortcuts are the first two lines of the full apps list, and they remain static. The four rows below that scroll horizontally, giving access to the full array of apps.

Acer stream

Above these four shortcuts is a bar offering the time, signal strength and battery status.

Tapping this bar enables you to make changes to the settings and see more info. Depending on where you tap, you'll either see clock/alarm info or connection settings and battery status info. Sweep left or right to see what's missing, tap to change the settings.

Acer streamAcer stream

And there's still more. Tap and hold on the portion of the main screen above these shortcuts and you can set wallpapers and sounds.

Sweep left and you can see a usage history enabling you to switch to apps you've recently used. Sweep right and you're into Acer's media widget, which gives access to photos, music and video.

Acer stream

As you can tell by our discombobulated explanation, the way of interacting with the main Home screen is a little complex – miles away from the simplicity of the Samsung Galaxy S or the iPhone 4.

It isn't as fast or intuitive as sweeping through just one set of home screens, and we think maybe Acer could have simply upped the number of Home screens from five to seven. That way, it could have forced its History and Media screens into two of them, rather than having two separate arrangements.

As you get further inside the Acer Stream you see more detail in terms of customisation. For example the Gallery app, which provides access to your photos and videos, has a rather nice visual menu that leads to a thumbnail display.

Acer streamAcer stream


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory2 GB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameAcer
Battery Talk Time5 Hour
Product ModelStream S110
Screen Size9.4 cm (3.7")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Weight (Approximate)126 g
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.1 Eclair
Messaging TypeEmail, Instant Messaging, SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height119.5 mm
Width63 mm
Depth11.2 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time9601.92 Hour
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product NameS110 Stream Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeProximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberXP.H4UEN.005
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The ultimate entertainment smartphone Powerful processor. Cutting-edge design. High-definition graphics. HDMI connectivity. Dolby sound... With the Acer Stream, everything else is in slow motion.

Do everything in HD

With the Acer Stream, you can now do everything in 720P high definition resolution, whether it's making your own HD movies, streaming endless YouTube videos or, when you just want to kick back and relax, watching full-length, Xvid feature films with stunning clarity. Want everything in HD? Stream it!

AMOLED efficiency, high-definition entertainment

The large, 3.7" high-resolution (WVGA) AMOLED capacitive multitouch screen with 1.6m colors is the perfect mix of cutting-edge energy-saving technology and stunning high-definition graphics.